Apron Falls is the first waterfall along Twentytwo Creek as it exits Lake 22. The falls occur about 1/4 mile below the Lake, where Twentytwo Creek drops over a wide shelf as it starts it's 1500 foot descent to the Stilliguamish River. Like all the other falls along Twentytwo Creek, Apron Falls is not easily seen from the trail, and a short bit of scrambling is necessary to get clear pictures of the falls. This waterfall had been previously grouped with the four other major waterfalls along the creek, and listed it as "Twentytwo Creek Falls". Upon re-examination of the creek, all five falls are separated by enough distance that they be considered separate waterfalls.
- Apron Falls is the Proposed name of this waterfall.
- Known Alternate Names: Twentytwo Creek Falls
The series of waterfalls along Twentytwo Creek have been collectively referred to as Twentytwo Creek Falls since the first edition of Greg Plumb's "Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest". Because close examination of the creek showed that there are at least 5 distinct waterfalls, I've suggested this waterfall be named for its striking appearance.
Starting in the town of Granite Falls, drive east along the Mountain Loop Highway for 13 1/2 miles, or 2 1/2 miles passed the Verlot Ranger Station, to the signed Lake 22 trailhead. Park and start hiking along the trail to Lake 22. The trail climbs easily for 1/2 mile to a bridge spanning Twentytwo Creek, then starts climbing more steeply, passing Humpback, Confusion and Hundred Step Falls along the way. Apron Falls is reached approximately 2 miles from the trailhead. The falls are heard from a switchback near the creek, and can be seen through the trees, but clear views require scrambling down the short but steep slope to the streambed in front of the falls. Further along the trail, the trail passes by the top of the falls at a locale close enough that one can look over the top of the falls from a short distance off the trail. Lake 22 lays another 1/4 beyond this point.